Anxiety Disorders

Counseling for kids is increasingly dealing with anxiety disorders. We offer resources for therapists to aid in their sessions with children with anxiety disorders, including audio exercises, games, worksheets, and stories. Our therapeutic activities for children are written and designed by professionals, so you can get the resources you need and spend more time helping your patients. Be sure to check out our resources for teens and adults dealing with anxiety disorders, too.

bullet Audio File
The Habit of Relaxation (Audio) — This download directs the user to set aside 10 minutes each day to practice the “relaxation response.” The pdf connects to a 12-minute audio of original music designed to calm the body and mind. (relaxation training).

bullet Brochures
What You Need to Know About OCD — This brochure, produced by the International OCD Foundation, is a comprehensive overview of OCD covering common symptoms, facts about OCD, treatment options, how to choose a therapist and more. (0717)

bullet Ebooks
Kids Guide to Coronavirus — This ebook, published by Magination Press, contains simple explanations for kids and tips for parents. (pandemic, COVID-19, 0820)

What Should I Do About Stress? (An Ebook for Kids) — This ebook teaches kids about the nature of stress and gives them suggestions on how to handle it. (0419(

bullet Games
Worry Cards (Children and Young Teens) — This simple card game is designed to help kids talk about their common worries. It’s a great tool for individual or group sessions or even classroom discussions. (anxiety, 1118,

Emotions Card Game — The Emotions Card Game is designed to help teach a variety of skills to children and teens related to awareness of emotions and problem-solving. The cards are intended to be used in a flexible manner. The instructions describe four different games than can be played. 27 pages (1118, emotional intelligence)

Do Not Stress-Board Game for Kids — The Don’t Stress Game is designed to help children reduce stress when possible and cope better with stress when it is unavoidable. The four decks of cards teach the following resiliency skills: recognizing and reducing unnecessary stress, relaxing and following a healthy lifestyle, talking back to irrational anxieties and worries, coping with difficult feelings. Print out the board and four decks of cards, and after a little cutting and pasting, you’re ready to play. For 2 to 6 players, 6 to 12 years. (0818)

Family Communication Dice Game — This dice game can be printed on heavy stock paper and then assembled. It is a fun game designed to enhance family communication. The blank die makes it easy to customize the game for many purposes. Type: PDF (1014)

Show Your Feelings Role Play Games — Get people talking about their feelings with three “cut and tape” dice games. These games are fun to play and a great way to encourage kids, teens, or even adults to talk about their feelings.

bullet Poster
100 Acts of Kindness for Kids-Poster — This poster gives parents great ways to make kindness a part of their daily family experience. Great for all kids, but particularly kids with emotional or behavioral problems. (0319)

bullet Story
Be a Stress Detective (Kids) — This fill-in-the blank story helps kids think about what is causing them stress and how they can best deal with it. (stress, anxiety, 1019)

Fighting in the Family — This story teaches children what they can do when there is excessive fighting in their family. PDF

Coping With Fear — This story is designed to help children overcome simple fears. Form Type: PDF

bullet Worksheets
Your Body Your Feelings (Kids) — This worksheet is designed to help children understand the connection between their feelings and their body. (0421, anxiety, health issues, anger control)

Imagine the Problem is Already Solved — This Solution-Oriented Therapy technique is designed to help motivate people to solve their problems. (problem-solving, solution-oriented therapy, resilience, 0221)

Learning to Relax When You Are Upset — This worksheet is intended to help children who have difficulty expressing their feelings and are prone to experiencing stomachaches. headaches and other physical problems when they are upset. The worksheet teaches a simple breathing relaxation technique and also suggests other ways children can deal with difficult feelings. (depression, relaxation techniques, breathing, health anxiety, 0630)

Understanding Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors (Children) — This packet includes seven worksheets to help children talk about their the issues that are bothering them. (0619, CBT)

Exploring Social Isolation (Kids) — Loneliness is a serious problem at all ages, but it is particularly problematic for children. Developmental psychologists say that children have a window of opportunity to learn certain social skills during their elementary school years and if they spend most of their time alone, it becomes very difficult to develop their social intelligence. This worksheet is designed to help children think about how much time they spend alone and to examine ways they can be more active with other people. (shyness, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, anxiety, 1018)

Feelings Flash Cards — There are 13 Feelings Flash Cards representing 12 feelings and 1 “blank” face for adults or children to add their own feelings. You can make as many copies of the blank card as you like to add additional feelings. The cards come with discussion questions that can be used to begin conversations that spur emotional intelligence. (0218, depression, anxiety, communication)

Things That Make You Smile — This simple exercise encourages people to think about the things that make them smile and to practice “random smiling” through the day. In doing this, people can learn how easy it is to get in touch with their positive emotions. (art therapy, serotonin, 0118)

When Do You Need Help? — This worksheet is designed to help children think about when they should ask for help for a variety of problems. (1217, resiliency, prevention)

Loving Kindness Meditation — This worksheet is designed to teach people the technique of Loving Kindness Meditation. Research suggests that this simple meditation can have a long term effect on people’s happiness. (ACT, meditation, happiness, mindfulness, depression, 0616)

Just Scribble — This worksheet can be used for two purposes: to help people relax when anxious or stressed and to help people think about their feelings. PDF (1116, relaxation, insight)

Write a Letter to Your Panic Attack — This worksheet can help people see that Panic Attacks are not inevitable. The exercise asks people to write a letter to their Panic Attack, helping them see that “they are not the problem, the Panic Attacks are the problem.” PDF (Narrative Therapy, 1015)

Taming Your Fear Monster — This worksheet is designed to help children recognize and talk about their fears and develop strategies to overcome them. Type: PDF 3pp. (CBT, 0915)

Create a Mandala — This simple art therapy exercise can help people get in touch with the feelings and can be used with clients to start a conversation about their self-image. Many therapists use this activity as part of a healing process. (art therapy, 0815)

Be a Superhero — This worksheet encourages people to think about the super powers they would like to have and how they would use them. (Art Therapy, Quick, 0815)

Scribble Your Feelings — This simple assignment can help people get in touch with their feelings. (0815, art therapy)

Coping Cards — These Coping Cards can be used by people who want to replace negative behaviors with positive ones. A useful technique to help in breaking negative habits. Form Type: PDF (CBT, 0615)

Three Things That Are Important To You — This worksheet is designed to help kids think and talk about their values. Form Type: PDF (0618)

Talking About Your Emotions Helps You Manage Your Anxiety — This worksheet is designed to help people identify their moods during the day and talk about their feelings to someone else. Copies should be made, and the worksheet should be used for a minimum of seven days. (0315)

What Makes You Special? — This worksheet asks children to think about five things that make them unique. It can be used to help children understand their strengths and to spark a discussion about how everyone has special qualities. Form type: PDF (0215)

Learning To Help Others — This visual puzzle asks children to color in the kids in the lunchroom who are helping others. Form Type: PDF

Note for Kids to Ask For Help — This worksheet can be used to children who are having difficulty asking for help. They can fill out the help (with or without the aid of a counselor) and then give it to the appropriate adult. . PDF

Recording and Changing Pessimistic Thoughts — This worksheet can be used to help people understand how pessimistic thinking is affecting their mental health. It is designed to record and change faulty thinking in a single day. PDF

Emotions Below the Tip of The Iceberg — This worksheet is designed to help people identify emotions they hide from others. (emotional intelligence, feelings, relationships, 0214)

Learn About Feelings — Use this worksheet to help kids and teens talk about basic feelings.Form Type: PDF

Making Friends — This worksheet is designed to help children identify the right people to make friends with. PDF

Create Your Own TV Show — This worksheet can give insight on how children perceive their families.

What Are You Afraid Of? — This worksheet asks children to draw the three things they are most afraid of.

When Do You Worry? — This worksheet will help people rate their worries at four times during the day (morning, afternoon, evening, and bedtime). (GAD, worry, anxiety)

Things That Cause You Stress — This worksheet is designed to help people identify things that cause stress and how these can be changed.

Changing Negative Thinking — This worksheet can be used to help older children and teens change dysfunctional negative thoughts to more positive ones. (0614)

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